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Darien Jungle of Panama

Colombia & Panama: Coral, Jungles, Canal

Cartagena to Panama City - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Safari Voyager
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Visit tropical rainforests, biodiverse jungles, and lush tangled mangroves during this 8-day Central America cruise. Trek and paddle under the watchful eyes of macaws while howler monkeys do acrobatics in the treetops and reef fish swim alongside you. Explore Panamá’s Isla Taboga—once visited by Paul Gaugin and Captain Morgan—and Colombia’s Cartagena, a walled city lined with rainbow-hued houses. An evening Panamá Canal transit celebrates with dinner on the sun deck and a whisper of the cool night air. With options to suit every speed, daily adventures feature active excursions and time to blend in with the “locals” and be a little sloth-like.
Architecture of CartagenaFreighter in Gatun LocksBlue water and lush rain forest in PanamaThe jungle terrain of DarienDarien Jungle of Panama
  • Discover Darien Jungle’s Mogue River by motorized canoe
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Darien Jungle and Cartagena
  • Watch for howler monkeys, scarlet macaws, white-faced capuchins, and sloths
  • Explore by snorkel, kayak, paddle board, and skiff in island archipelagos
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed

Full Itinerary

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Day 1: Cartagena, Colombia | Embark

Welcome to Cartagena! You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to the hospitality area in the city. Board the ship, meet your crew and settle in for the week ahead.

Day 2: Cartagena | Archipelago of San Bernardo

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A historical tour of the colonial walled city and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cartagena shows off its highlights. Wander narrow streets lined with colorful houses. Visit the Palace of Inquisition, San Felipe de Barajas Castle, or the oldest church in the city. Afterward, set sail for the archipelago of San Bernardo. With its clear water and vibrant corals, kayaking, skiff tours, snorkeling, and paddleboarding are all options.

Day 3: Capurgana | Sapzurro

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise the Caribbean coast of the Darien Gap to the tiny, almost-forgotten coastal towns of Capurgana and Sapzurro. Hike between the towns through the dewy Darien jungle, home to toucans, parrots, howler and squirrel monkeys. Or, take to the white sand beaches and turquoise waters for snorkeling and beachcombing.

Day 4: Guna Yala, Panama

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You’re in the Guna Yala (formerly the San Blas Islands)—360 islands dotted with palm trees, thatched roofs, coconut groves, white sand beaches—and they’re perfect for snorkeling. Look around for a rainbow of reef fish, corals, rays, and sea turtles. Anything’s possible in paradise. On land, meet the Guna people, one of the best-preserved cultures in the Americas. Learn about their culture and don’t miss the chance to buy their detailed handcrafted “molas.” In the Guna culture, an ornate mola with a detailed design is an item displayed with pride.

Day 5: Captain’s Choice | Panama Canal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Islands, forts, and sea life—bring your adventurous spirit. You’re headed for the Panama Canal and along the way, your captain has the say. Transiting the 48-mile passage is a bucket list experience. A story of engineering and human tenacity, it took over 75,000 workers to build and takes you about eight hours to transit. Joined by a Canal Authority Pilot, watch line handlers manage the ship through changing sea levels in the locks. Paired with videos and onboard narration, you’ll cross the locks with a better understanding of this engineering marvel. Celebrate your transit with a top deck barbeque!

Day 6: Isla Taboga

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visited by Paul Gaugin and Captain Morgan, wake up at the “Island of Flowers.” Tour a historic village and the touted second oldest church in the hemisphere. Or, hike up the ridge to seek out views and World War II fortifications. Soak up this storied island before it’s time to settle in on deck in search of marine mammals and birdlife.

Day 7: Darien Jungle

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Darien Jungle calls, and you’re headed straight into it by way of motorized native canoe along the Mogue River. White ibis, pelicans, cormorants, little blue herons, and mangrove hawks welcome from above while the sound of drums greets you from the forest. Visit with Emberá villagers—a local tribe eager to share their heart, song, and dance. Browse their woven baskets and wooden handicrafts and maybe take home a souvenir or two. Celebrate your big adventure with a Farewell Dinner and slideshow.

Day 8: Panama City, Panama | Disembark

What a week! After one last freshly baked pastry, transfer to Panama’s international airport.


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King or twin beds, sitting area w/wet bar, refrigerator, media center, view windows, private bath w/Jacuzzi & shower (sofa bed for triple).
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Single Cabin
Twin bed, desk & chair, view window, private bath with shower. #207-208


Included in your fare: 
  • Onboard meals; onboard spirits, wine, beer, non-alcoholic beverages (excludes super-premium wines)
  • Transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days
  • Entry fees to parks/preserves
  • All from-the-vessel activities and equipment
  • Wellness amenities: fitness equipment and yoga mats
Not included in your fare:
  • Airfare to and from your home city
  • Discretionary gratuities to vessel’s crew
  • Travel protection
  • Optional excursions and land tours
  • Port taxes/fees


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